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The best drinks for the reception at a business event

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A new year starts and, with it, corporate meetings, fair events, presentations and others social meetings where organizations will be represented. When the time comes to organize such events, the drinks offered are fundamental, as well as the catering, which should be available to everyone and should suit different tastes.

To accompany appetizers, most of them light, small and both hot and cold, a good idea is to start with champagne cocktails. They usually are served in glasses in the moment of making a first contact with everyone at the time of stopping to eat these delicacies.

Depending on the time that the appetizer is served, it is also important to have juices (two different natural juices will be enough) and some soft drinks, since some people may be very thirsty after the business event held.

After the glass of champagne cocktail, the tables should have white wine and red wine. Such wines are recommended to be low in alcohol, but high in quality, and from designations of origin related to the place where the event is held or from where the company comes. It is always better to serve local wines, as the attendants, some of them surely wine connoisseurs, may taste the specialities of each place.

Along with wines, beers must also excel in case someone does not want or can drink wine, being a much more refreshing drink. It is also advisable to serve local beer or even better, to give a different touch, craft beer.

Vermouth is also appreciated in such events. White vermouth is more elegant and low in alcohol. In other parties often they serve cocktails at the entrance of the reception, which can be alcohol free, something refreshing that leaves a good taste to get into the meal or to get back to business events ahead. While giving an original cocktail with a dash of alcohol is always pleasant for the attendants.

In many corporate events, depending on the type of organization and action, it is best to have the classics in terms of drinks: a prestigious champagne, the most consumed local beer, a wine of a known designation or a cocktail with familiar flavours.

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Mumm Cordon Rouge Jeroboam: is a sparkling wine with DO Champagne from the G.H. Mumm cellar.

 

 

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Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial: a sparkling wine from the Champagne French region.

 

 

Wineries and wines from Penedès

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The Penedès wine region is probably one of the most characteristic and recognized of Catalunya, especially as the main place of production of cava, Catalan sparkling wine par excellence.

But in this Designation of Origin we can find more than cava, since in its over 27,000 hectares of vineyards there are produced grapes intended for the elaboration of white, rosé and, in a lesser extent, red wines. The extension of vineyards of Penedès includes 47 municipalities in the province of Barcelona and 16 in the province of Tarragona, with its headquarters located in Vilafranca del Penedès, and is remarkable for its great variety of microclimates, which makes this grape production to present countless distinctive features, depending on the environment.

The cultivated varieties include the more international Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, but we can also find more specific grapes of the Iberian Peninsula, as Cariñena, Tempranillo and Garnacha Tinta, and some local (Monastrell, Samsó, Xarel·lo and Macabeu).

Among the most prominent cellars in the region, we can find firms as recognized as Agusti Torelló i Mata, Blancher, Caves Hill, Gramona, Jaume Serra, Juvé y Camps, Pinord, Raventós i Blanc, René Barbier, Sumarroca, in addition to many small producers which, however, are able to offer real jewels thanks to a know-how that comes from their experience of generations of grape growers and oenologists.

Internationally acclaimed wines

If we look at the results of the last Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, one of the most prestigious awards in the international world of wine, among its winners we find several references from the DO Penedès, like Cossetània Tinto Reserva 2009 (Bodega Castell d’Or), Gran Clot dels Oms Negre 2011 and Xarel·lo 2013 (Bodegues Ca N’Estella), Parató Passió 2006 (Parató) and Vino Pata Negra 2014 (Jaume Serra – J. García Carrión).

A small sample of what the tradition of the Penedès wine can get and that we recommend you try if you have not already done so.

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Iohannes Reserva 2006: a red wine with Penedes DO from Juvé y Camps cellar

 

 

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Rocaplana 2013: a red wine from Penedes DO of Oriol Rossell cellar is made with syrah 

 

 

Tips for choosing a wine cellar

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Before you choose and install a wine cellar appliance at home or in the cellar or at a restaurant, you need to clear some parameters, many of which are related to temperature, but also with other aspects to be taken into account.

System type

Some more sophisticated wine cellars take into account the type of system, being the thermoelectric the ones that contribute the biggest advantages to wine conservation. For example, it does not produces vibrations nor noise that can damage the wine, as well as being environmentally friendly. Although it is recommended for internal use at home and not for professionals.

Size

This feature is essential when choosing a wine cellar, since we must think of the available space we have and how many wines we will store in it, in order to get the right size to avoid wasting space and money.

Where we will place it

The wine cellar can not be anywhere. It is better to place it in the coolest places at home, with no direct sunlight. The temperature of the place in which we will place it is also important, and it is recommended not to leave it near other appliances that we usually have at home.

Energy consumption

There is another factor to consider when we have to buy a wine cellar. Although they usually do not have a high energy consumption, it is always better to spend less, and buy them with an “A” certification.

Temperature

It is essential, but all wine cellars are prepared to preserve and maintain wine at its proper temperature, with modern and automatic systems that make us easier to leave wine do its course and be savoured instantly, from the wine cellar to your palate.

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Wine Cellar 10S

 

 

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Wine cellar 8 bottles

Food markets in Madrid

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Madrid stands out by its gastronomy in the form of food markets, some of them of great tradition and some new. In fact, in the city there are many markets, and it is difficult to choose those who deserve to be highlighted.

San Anton market is one of them, located in the square that bears its name, Anton Martín, in Chueca. It had some renovations and is noted for the many activities taking place in it. Cultural projections join gastronomy and the purchase of various products such as wine of several Designations of Origin. In total, it hosts 26 different market stalls.

In the district of Salamanca, the Platea market will delight the lovers of the freshest food. This former cinema is today a gastronomic project that sets tongues wagging because in it we can find 20 different stalls to buy, renowned restaurants to make a stop and taste the best dishes from the most famous chefs. There are stars such as Roncero, Freixa or Solla that have a presence in its restaurants.

The organic market Huerto Lucas is an innovation. Located in Chueca, there is food, wine, cosmetics and much more, everything always 100% organic. And it has several workshops and activities. It is fashionable, along with growing taste for everything “green”, so it also houses tapas bars and restaurants.

The San Fernando market hosts multiple options. On the one hand there are many food stalls, such as those concerning celiac people, while there are also shows and even emblematic shops, including a famous book store selling by weight. The Barceló market, which has 7,150 square meters on four levels and has opened recently after continuous renovations. Food is the star, with traditional stalls but also modern and alternative specialized craft shops.

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El Rincón 2010: is a red wine with DO Madrid from the Pagos de Familia de Marqués de Griñón cellar based on the top of garnacha tinta and syrah from 2010 vintage and with an alcohol content of 14º.

 

 

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La Bruja Averia 2014: a red wine with Madrid DO made with garnacha of 2014 and has an alcohol content of 14º. L

How to clean wine stains?

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Sure has happened to us that we stumbled upon a glass of wine in a meeting and we get a stain on our clothes. Wine stains may be a little difficult to remove and depending on the type of fabric you must use different methods.

  • For dry wine stains you should leave the stain to soak in some warm milk until you see how it disappears. Then you can wash the garment as you usually do.
  • For fresh wine stains: pour some salt on them and then proceed to wash the garment with soap and water.
  • To get rid of white wine stains there are several options: If it is a thick fabric, you can wash it with warm water and soap, if it is a more delicate fabric you can rub it with alcohol before wetting it. You can also put a splash of lemon juice or fine salt.
  • To remove red wine stains on tablecloths fabric, rub them with white wine.
  • For red wine stains on shirts or blouses, you can can rub them with cold water mixed with a touch of ammonia. A second option is to mix liquid soap with peroxide and apply it to the stain.
  • To remove wine stains on carpets: Dissolve 1 tablespoon of detergent and 1 tablespoon of ammonia in a glass of warm water. Dampen a sponge with the mix and then rub the stain. Finally rinse with water and vinegar and let dry.
  • To remove red wine stains on marble: Use a damp cloth if it is fresh and if it is dry, mix a splash of bleach with a some water to clean.
  • To clean red wine stains on the walls, whether they are painted or papered, you can clean with white wine and finish with hydrogen peroxide diluted in water.

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Borsao Selección 2014: The current vintage of Borsao Selección as well as the previous ones have received medals and awards from some of the most prestigious international competitions.

 

 

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La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 904 Magnum 2004:  a red wine from Rioja DO of La Rioja Alta cellar made with tempranillo and graciano of 2004 and 12.5º of volume of alcohol. 

Image: Geoff (flickr)

Portugal, land of wine: Dão and Beiras

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“Terras do Dão” is synonymous with ‘Lands of Wine’ and people say, that you can even smell the roses in Beira Alta wine. The Beiras Region crosses Portugal from side to side, from the Atlantic to the border with Spain; to the North by the Minho and the Douro river and to the south by the Alto Alentejo and Ribatejo, counting on five designations of origin.

In 2011, the appellation called ‘Terras da Beira‘ was created, containing three designated regions: Dão, Bairrada and Beira Interior.

Dão white wines are rather fruity while reds are full-bodied with a velvety taste. In this plain region, which is beautifully surrounded by mountains that protect the vines from the winds, there are properties many centuries old, cellars, agricultural cooperatives and associations devoted to the production and tasting of wine.

This is also the case of Quinta do Cabriz in Carregal do Sal, one of the country’s leading wine producers. Several times awarded, their white, red and sparkling wines (with Touriga Nacional rosé) ensure a good relationship between quality and price. The exception to low price is its ‘vino de topo‘, the Cabriz Four C, produced with 4 Portuguese strains of great quality. Another major wine-producing property in this area is located on the slopes of the river Dão. The Casa de Santar has been producing prestigious wines for over 300 years.

White wines from Beiras are fresh and fruity; red wines are full-bodied with an intense colour and show great ageing potential.

In the list of wine producers, there is also space for the production of organic wines. For instance, Casa Mouraz in Tondela is very devoted to red, white and rosé wines of organic production.

In 2003/2004, another wine type (or another concept of wine) emerged: Kosher wine. The Terras de Belmonte is a wine produced according to Jewish rules in Belmonte, where in the past a large Jewish community had established  itself. The big difference of this wine is the production process itself, where only Jews can intervene without the use of yeast and additional products of animal origin.

Our recommendation today comes from Bairrada. It is a rosé partially aged in oak, a very aromatic wine with balanced acidity and structure: The Filipa Pato 3B. Its producer and oenologist, Filipa Pato, does not accept the current designation of origin, and simply prefers to call her product “traditional method” while waiting to get her own appellation, something similar to the history of Cava in Catalonia.

 

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Julia Kemper Tinto Bio 2009:  A red wine from Dao DO of Julia Kemper cellar of vintage 2009. 

 

 

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Quinta de Cabriz Selected Harvest 2013: A wine red with the Dao DO of 2013 and 13º of alcohol strength.

 

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Merry Christmas from Uvinum

 TAGS:undefinedChristmas is around the corner. Not only in Uvinum but also at your home, mine and our neighbours’. It’s about time then to cool the champagne or decant the Gran Reserva. Everything has to be done and ready for the arrival of your cheerful family, raising your glasses to a very merry Christmas – even if you have to do so in your ugly Christmas sweater, your mother-in-law gave you last year. There is no escape. The time has come to think of all the good that happened during the past 12 months. Let’s celebrate these precious moments with family and friends.

We sincerely hope we were a small part of your year with what we love most: Wine. After 6 years online there still is nothing more endearing to us than helping you discovering new, great and the most awarded wines… always aiming at offering you the best options for the best price according to your needs.

On top of all, we tried to make your holidays, even more, colourful this year. For example, we launched our first Christmas Catalogue and we worked on offering you a special offer on shipping costs, so you can save money. We hope our new endeavours helped you discover new wines, cavas, champagnes and hooch to share, drink and enjoy with your loved ones.

Even Star Wars didn’t miss out on us as we coined our own Wine Wars. (Did you decide which side of the force you’re on, yet?) Christmas spirit and the premiere of Star Wars: The force awakens beamed our own spirit all the way through the wine galaxy.

That being said, after an intensive holiday season, in the name of our team – Nico, Albert L., Albert G., Vero, Ben, Ana, Óscar, Fran, Audrey, Pablo, Eduard, Marcos, Javi, Sandra, Francesca, Giovanni, Roberto, Sara, Miguel, Maria, Pri, Elisabeth, Johanna, Rafa und Cèlia – we’d like to wish you merry Christmas and the happiest new year. To health and wine! (And don’t worry, you’re allowed to drink two or more glasses this year, if you’re the winner of the Christmas sweater lottery. We understand.)

Christmas dinners in Europe

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Soup, seafood, nougat and cava will be present in many Spanish tables this Christmas, but what usually eat and drink during the Christmas dinners in the rest of Europe? Let’s do a review of some of them. Take note if you want to incorporate some dishes into your menus!

Christmas dinners in England

As you already know, in Anglo-Saxon countries there are plenty of sweets and desserts, therefore, at Christmas puddings of different flavours with seasonal fruits are common, in addition to ginger cookies that can be decorated with Christmas designs and cakes as the Yule log. But before, the English eat roast turkey accompanied by side dishes such as potatoes. To drink, as is often quite cold, Mulled Wine is a tradition, being a hot wine with sugar and other spices.

Christmas dinners in Belgium

Turkey is repeated to eat at Christmas dinner, and sweets run through the holidays. During the dinner is usually eaten a dessert made with cream, in addition to the special and differently flavoured Belgian chocolates. Champagne and wine from France or Italy are the preferred drinks for Belgians.

Christmas dinners in Italy

Christmas dinner in Italy mix capon and turkey with different types of fish. The dessert is known worldwide: panettone and pandoro. Besides Italian D.O. wines to drink, it is also frequent the mulled wine and fruits.

Christmas dinners in Sweden

In the countries of northern Europe drinks also must be hot, so the Swedes drink julmust, with malt and hops, in addition to delicious fish, ham, chocolate candy and gingerbread cookies.

Christmas dinners in Germany

The combination of dishes is rich, so we can find lamb, duck and fish. As in other countries, it’s usually a family dinner, in which each member receives dishes with fruits and varied sweets. And mulled wine, which in this case is a mixture of red wine, lemon, cinnamon, cloves or other spices, and sugar. Besides champagne, also not lacking in the German Christmas tables.

Christmas dinners in Spainn

Seafood, fish, soups, Iberic ham have always a highlighted place in Christmas dinners, and so have sweets. The so-called “turrones”, also known as Nougat (a family of confections made with sugar or honey, roasted nuts, whipped egg whites, and sometimes chopped candied fruit) are equally important in Christmas dinners, as much as wine and sparkling wines.

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Moët & Chandon Brut Impérial:  a sparkling wine from Champagne DO of the best of pinot noir and pinot meunier grapes and 12,5º of alcohol strength.

 

 

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Pol Roger Brut Réserve: a wine sparkling with DO Champagne a based on pinot noir and pinot meunier and 12.5º of alcohol. 

 

 

May the Wine be with you

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Of course, we wanted to say: May the force of the Jedi-Knights be with you! Star Wars Episode VII is coming into the British cinemas on December, 17th. Well, people in London are luckier and had to wait two days less. But finally, we get to know how the adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo continue. 

We asked ourselves the following question: What if Luke Skywalker and co would be wines, and which wine would they be? While white wine represents the light side, red wine stands for the dark side of the force. But what’s, even more, important: On which side are you? Do you stand on the light side together with Master Yoda and the Jedi knights or do you support Darth Vader and the dark force? Decide you must…in Episode I of Wine Wars at Uvinum.

Click on the phrase that fits you most: 

I join the dark side of the force and prefer drinking red wine.

I join the light side of the force and prefer drinking white wine.

White wine and the light side

Congratulations, the force of the Jedi knights is with you! 

It has always been your biggest childhood dream to become a Jedi knight and fight side by side with Han Solo. Or maybe you can look back on endless, but failed, trials to imitate princess Leia’s hair. Well, at least, I do. Today you’re a grown-up, but the child in you is still true to its favourite hero of the history’s most successful saga. 

At Wine Wars, you’ll learn, which wine best defines Han Solo’s character and why Luke Skywalker’s favourite weapon should be an axe. Don’t let the dark side win. Darth Vader and his followers won’t give up until they dominate the galaxy. The more Jedi masters we are, the better. May the force be with you!  

Red wine and the dark side

Well, well, well….so, you feel attracted by the dark side of the force. 

Then stop talking and start acting. This green troll, Master Yoda, is already working on his army of Jedi knights, to steal the power of the dark side. Prove your loyalty to the Emperor and Darth Vader at Wine Wars and recruit your friends at Facebook as storm troopers. Because in the end, there can be only one winner.

At Wine Wars, we’ll reveal to you, what Jabba the hut has to do with frogs and which wine best reflects the black soul of Darth Vader and why.

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

I’m sure you already bought your tickets months ago. Now it would be best to enjoy the movie highlight of 2015 with a glass of wine. And which better wine, than the one that stands for your favourite character. Choose between Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Darth Vader or Boba Fett at Wine Wars at Uvinum

Share your opinion. On which side are you? What is your favourite Star Wars character and why? We’re looking forward to seeing your comments below. 

How to alternate different wines at New Year’s Eve dinner

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Very special holidays are coming, where gastronomy will be the star and wine is central axis of friends and family gatherings. You can already choose your wine for Christmas if you want your dinner to be a success; choose quality and variety, and be sure they will thank you for it.

Fish, meat, desserts… at Christmas we eat too much and so varied, that is why we must alternate different wines especially on New Year’s Eve dinner, which is usually longer.

From white to red. It is a traditional way to alternate them and as some tastings are usually carried out. This is usually because of what we eat, since usually we begin, as starters, with snacks, soups and some fish, so white wines are preferred. Sirloin steak, turkey or pork as main courses open a wide field for us to finish the dinner with a powerful red. In this way, the flavours will be more intense at every moment of dinner. Normally, a white and two or three red wines are served to produce more impact on the palate.

From dry to sweet. Everything depends on the menu, but another way is to start with white or dry red wines to switch to sweet wines, such as Muscat, with desserts. The combination of dry with starters and main courses will be much better when paired properly, and the soft and sweet ones (where white grapes are lifted), pair perfectly with nougat and marzipan. Also, in this way, dinner is less indigestible.

By protocol. The first wine is usually uncorked and tasted by the host of the dinner, although he may make honours to some guest to taste it. After opening the bottle, it can be left on the table, although the right to do is leave it on a side table and serve it as the glasses get empty. The first glasses are filled halfway and then to consumer tastes. The protocol marks to serve firstly white and rosé wines at a temperature of 10°, then the reds at room temperature of 20º and finally sherry, sweet wine or sparkling wine at about 8º.

Do you already have the wines for New Year’s Eve dinner? We recommend:

 

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Pruno 2014: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO made with tinta fina of 2014 and with an alcohol content of 13.5º. Pruno 2014 is ideal to combine with barbecue and game. 

 

 

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Juan Gil 4 Meses 2014: a wine red with the Jumilla DO vinified with monastrell from 2014 and presents an alcohol content of 14.5º.

 

 

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El Novio Perfecto 2014  is a white wine with Valencia DO from vintage 2014 and with an alcohol proof of 12º. 

 

 

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Recaredo Brut de Brut 2006:  a sparkling wine from this DO: Cava with the best bunches of 2006 xarel·lo and macabeo and with an alcoholic strength of 11.5º.